The wreckage on the New York State Thruway

A couple of weeks ago, I had to drive from Albany to Schenectady for a project.  As I drove along the New York State Thruway, enjoying the drive and listening to one of my iPod-synchronized radio stations, the raindrops pattering on my windshield as my wipers tried to maintain rhythm with whatever Boston classic was…

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He finished the race, didn’t he? That makes him a winner too!

I may never understand how dog shows work – I know they’re looking for breeding standards and obedience and all that – but there’s one part of a dog show that I completely get.  That’s when a dog competes in an agility race. You’ve seen these.  The dog will jump over some fences, he’ll run…

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood, February 9 2019

Did you get your Valentine’s Day shopping finished?  Did you get that special bouquet or box of candies or overly desperate 6-foot teddy bear for your special someone? Well, if you[‘re still procrastinating … You can take some time and check out this week’s recap of some great bloggers, podcasters and photographers as I take…

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How to rescue your car from two feet of snowbank

Sunday morning.  I look outside and … Wow, there’s several igloos on my street.  And by the slight glint of red metal trim and a gold-colored bowtie logo on one of them … I can tell it’s Dracourage, my 2013 Chevrolet Cruze. Yikes. There was a light dusting of snow Saturday night.  But that’s not…

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My car lost its home town…

I’m not sure the exact day, but I do know the year – 2012 – when my Chevrolet Cruze “Dracourage” rolled out of its birthplace – a factory in Lordstown, Ohio.  This was my second car born at that plant; my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt “The Blackbird” also was assembled at that facility. So yeah, the…

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7 and 7 on Saturday, April 7, 2018

It’s time for the Saturday recap of blogs from my fellow writers, observers and conceptualists.  There’s a  big word.  Conceptualists.  That should at least get a quadruple word score in Scrabble. As always, let’s start our Saturday morning recap by pulling some blogs from the Times Union’s community blogging team, shall we? Rob Hoffman’s “Hoffman…

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The Big E-Durham Road Trip, 2017 Edition

This is a great way to wrap up Competition Season 2017. Two of my pictures, Stone Saltwater Surf and Seagulls and Step and Pivot, are at the Big E’s Photo Salon at the Eastern States Exhibition.  Those two pictures, along with What the Grasshopper Saw and The Cumulo-Nimbus Eclipse, are also appearing at the Durham…

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